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THE HITCHHIKER GUIDE TO A PHD THESIS Prof. B. Gailly European Summer University Benevento, September 12, 2009. MENU. The wrong person at the wrong place PhD as a project PhD as a communication PhD as a personal journey. MENU. The wrong person at the wrong place PhD as a project

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THE HITCHHIKER GUIDE TO A PHD THESISProf. B. GaillyEuropean Summer UniversityBenevento, September 12, 2009

B. Gailly

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MENU
  • The wrong person at the wrong place
  • PhD as a project
  • PhD as a communication
  • PhD as a personal journey

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  • The wrong person at the wrong place
  • PhD as a project
  • PhD as a communication
  • PhD as a personal journey

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effective project teams
EFFECTIVE PROJECT TEAMS
  • Dedicated teams
  • Effective project leader and sponsors (“godfathers”)
  • Clearly predefined lifespan and deliverables (tasks and objectives)
  • Core and associated members with clear roles associated with individual behavioural style
  • Dedicated resources and coordination; effective conflict resolution mechanisms
  • External partners
  • Speed to market
  • Complexity of tasks
  • Multi-functional aspects

Source : Fernez-Walch S. et Romon F. (2006) “Les formes d’organisation pour Innover” in Management de l’innovation: de la stratégie aux projets. Vuibert Gestion, pp. 136-153

Tidd J., Bessant D. and Pavitt K. (2001) “Effective team working” in Managing Innovation (2d ed.), Wiley, p 334.

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Intermediary

Research project

IMRJ publication + WP1

ESU presentation

Database

WP2

ESU presentation 2

ASQ publication

ILLUSTRATIVE

AGREEING ON DELIVERABLES

Approved by PhD committee :

  • Final (thesis)
  • Introduction (scope, motivation)
  • Literature review and theoretical framework
  • Hypotheses and Methodology
  • Data analysis
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusions (contribution, limitations and next steps)

There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action. Goethe

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ILLUSTRATIVE

DEVELOPING A WORKPLANScripta Manent

Deliverable

Research project

IMRJ publication + WP1

ESU presentation 1

Database

WP2

ESU presentation 2

ASQ publication

Final text

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Outline

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Draft

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Final

Approved by PhD committee :

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why we get things wrong
WHY WE GET THINGS WRONG

Confirmation bias (you hear only what comforts you)

Sunk cost fallacy (factoring unrecoverable costs)

Escalation of commitment (boiling frog)

Anchoring (inability to question initial estimate)

Source : Horn J.T. et al. (2006) “Learning to let go: making better exit decisions” McK Quarterly 2006, n°2

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THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS

“If you don’t know where you are going, you will probably never get there”

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  • The wrong person at the wrong place
  • PhD as a project
  • PhD as a communication
  • PhD as a personal journey

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defining your key messages
The elevator pitchDEFINING YOUR KEY MESSAGES

I have only made this letter rather long because I have not had time to make it shorter.

B. Pascal, 1656

  • The average Ph.D. thesis is nothing but a transference of bones from one graveyard to another.
    • J. Frank Dobie

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…. yet scientific conferences, workshops and seminars remain full of presentations which do not follow those recommendations

Most recommendations about how to make a professional presentation are common sense and straightforward….

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defining your objectives business plan example
Do you want to engage? Convince? Inform? Entertain?DEFINING YOUR OBJECTIVES Business Plan example

Management committee

Business Angel

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  • Venture capitalist

Banker

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  • Excite
  • Convince
  • Validate

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  • The wrong person at the wrong place
  • PhD as a project
  • PhD as a communication
  • PhD as a personal journey

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Hugh Tilitarian

Norma Teeve

  • Has a degree in comparative organisational literature – knows what “hermeneutic of continuity” means
  • Believes the world would be better if people would communicate more and have more time
  • Wants her PhD thesis to save the planet
  • Initial subject : corporate entrepreneurship through responsible sustainable fair politically correct strategies.
  • Time horizon : unknown
  • Supervisor : maybe Prof. Zapp, who is on sabbatical
  • Does not know what she will do after (but does not want to travel too far from her boyfriend and her English is not too good)
  • Has a degree in applied managerial econometrics – thinks hermeneutic is a washing machine brand
  • Believes the world would be better if only Universities were a bit more professional
  • Wants his PhD to help him get a good job
  • Initial subject : the impact of patenting rates to IPO over-evaluation through stochastic structural modelling.
  • Time horizon : three years
  • Supervisor: the one with the best record at supervising quick PhD theses
  • Has already identified the three best places to do a post-doc, checked the admission criteria and met the key faculty

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  • The wrong person at the wrong place
  • PhD as a project
  • PhD as a communication
  • PhD as a personal journey

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questions
QUESTIONS ?

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THE HITCHHIKER GUIDE TO A PHD THESISProf. B. GaillyLouvain School of Management (UCL)European Summer UniversityBenevento, September 12, 2009

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